Bellefonte Borough Council sets Lamb Street repairs for 2015

Long-needed repairs under Lamb Street will take place in the spring and summer.

The Lamb Street Drainage Improvement Project will go out to bid until March 16.

The project’s primary purpose is to repair the street’s storm sewer system, which was damaged by the remnants of Hurricane Sandy in 2012.

“It’s not a drain in terms of big round pipes that you would typically think of,” borough Assistant Manager Don Holderman said. “I’m going to say it was built in probably the late 1800s or early 1900s. It was laid with rocks, and this big storm caused some rocks to fall down and made other big rocks fall. It backed up water in the system and made the road buckle a little.”

The project will replace the stone storm sewer system with a 36-inch high-density polyethylene pipe and install a new manhole at the Spring Street intersection, patch pavement along Lamb Street, replace curbing and sidewalks and upgrade curb ramps to the standards of the Americans with Disabilities Act.

The job is expected to take eight to 10-weeks and is scheduled to begin April 13.

The borough previously repaired some of the damage to the sewer system and was reimbursed $48,906 in Federal Emergency Management Agency funding. Council announced in September that it received $386,063 more in FEMA funding to complete the project.

The borough did not receive all of the funding it initially requested, because FEMA wanted visual evidence of the storm drain’s damage. FEMA workers, however, could not get a camera underneath the road to see the damage.

Borough Council also declined to vote on a request by Caliber Contracting Services, the Temple Court project’s Carnegie-based contractor, to close the sidewalk and parking lane on South Allegheny Street in front of the Temple Court Building and East Cherry Lane from South Allegheny Street to the Cedar Lane intersection Feb. 18 to Nov. 30.

The requested closure coincides with phase two of the Temple Court’s renovations, which will entail renovations inside the building. The annex will house the District Attorney’s Office on the building’s top two floors and the Probation Department on the bottom two floors.

Council members agreed that it would be unfair to residents to have public property shut down for nine months.

Holderman said he would ask representatives of the Temple Court project and of the neighboring Mews development to attend a March 2 work session before the council’s next scheduled meeting to discuss construction plans and how to minimize public space use.